My attention was perked almost immediately upon arriving at Memorial Stadium for the end of practice Tuesday night. As I waited out in the breezeway for the media to be summoned in for the final 10 minutes of practice, wide receiver Jeremy Ross walked by. Was some sort of juicy story in the works? Why wasn’t he still out on the field practicing?
Alas, much ado about nothing. Ross simply had a class to get to and was excused early for it.
Ross wasn’t the only one missing at the end of practice. Earlier in the day, defensive end Mike Costanzo was rushed to the hospital with a case of appendicitis. He is expected to remain in the hospital at least through Wednesday. Also, backup center Dominic Galas suffered a torn Posterior Cruciate Ligament in his knee and will be out six weeks, meaning he will miss the remainder of spring practice.
The Bears went in full pads again Tuesday night and there was some pretty good hitting going on at the end of practice. After practice ended, and each position group adjourned to make its way up the stands and into the Travers room for some post-practice dining — and a few selected players and coaches were interviewed by media types — quarterback Kevin Riley remained on the Memorial Stadium field. He grabbed a bag of footballs and a target net and put in some extra time. Riley practiced different drops and throws, from different distances, some on the run and some stationary. About 45 minutes had passed since the completion of practice when this beat writer had to call it a night, and Riley was still on the field working on his craft. Even the beginning of ultimate frisbee practice didn’t faze Riley. He simply moved off to the side of the field to continue working.
The Bears will practice in shells Thursday and then have a controlled scrimmage on Saturday.